The 2020 edition of Felabration, the music festival founded by Yeni Kuti in 1998 in honour of her father Fela Kuti, will be held online. The festival is an annual spectacle of concerts, film screenings, art exhibitions, a carnival, and lectures, seminars, and workshops. The events are usually held in different parts of Lagos, but Felabration is also a global moment, with celebrations organised in the US, the UK, Canada, and Brazil, among other countries.
The guests this year include WizKid, 2Face, Niniola, Wande Coal, Joeboy, WurlD, Bez, Falana, Antibalas, and of course Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, and Made Kuti.
Speakers for The Fela Debate, themed “Colomentality,” are Arikana Chihombori Quao, Dr. Vincent Magombe, Dele Farotimi, and Kweku Mandela. The conversation could be joined on Zoom today, October 15, via this link.
In our profile of Yeni Kuti last week, “A Musical Dynasty Consolidates Its Legacy,” she described Felabration as “a monument of relevance.” She also discussed her childhood, her grandmother Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, her father Fela’s music, her parents’ marriage, and her family’s efforts to preserve their legacy.
Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, editor, journalist, and curator. He is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture: business, art, photography, music, activism, health, food. He has vast experience working in literature. He has sat on the judging panels of The Gerald Kraak Prize and of The Morland Writing Scholarship. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria's first queer art collective, and Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. For three years, Nov. 2016 to Apr. 2020, he led the transformation of the literary blog Brittle Paper into a continental powerhouse, ideating and administering The Brittle Paper Awards, the first by an African publication. His work in queer advocacy has been profiled in Literary Hub. In 2019, he won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians." He completed a collection of short stories in 2016 and his novel in 2020. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.